The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) will again try to secure $20 million in grant funds to use toward building a new Highway 47 Missouri River Bridge.
MoDOT is working on an application for the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) discretionary grant.
An application also was submitted last year, but the bridge project did not receive funding.
The deadline to submit applications for this round of grants is June 3. A total of $474 million is available nationwide to increase mobility for people and for freight.
MoDOT is seeking $20 million in grant funds to use toward the overall construction cost of the bridge from Washington to Warren County.
The total cost of the bridge is estimated at $55 million. Judy Wagner, MoDOT area engineer, said she wanted more than 50 percent of the cost of the bridge to come from Missouri.
According to the East West Gateway Council of Governments, the new and upgraded transportation facilities that will be built as a result will also strengthen economic competitiveness and create jobs.
Eligible projects include highways and bridges; public transit; passenger and freight rail; intermodal facilities; and marine and port investments.
Awards in urban areas may range in size from $10 million to $200 million. Grants to rural areas may be for less than $10 million, but must be more than $1 million. No less than $120 million of the $474 million must be awarded to projects in rural areas.
Wagner said the project will be submitted as rural and urban, because of the bridge services both areas.
Competition for the funding is very competitive, Wagner said, with thousands of applications across the nation.
“The only difference this year is in the timing,” Wagner said, noting that the application deadline is earlier, so agencies had less time to prepare the grant application.
Bob Zick, chairman of the Missouri Highway 47 Bridge Committee, requested the letters from about three dozen cities, state representatives, counties and legislators.
The letters will become a part of the application.
“I think it’s a really important project for the region and for the state of Missouri,” Zick said. “If we can get this funding, it’s more likely that we will get the bridge more timely, it will put people to work and give us a safe bridge again.”
Wagner said the grant would bring Missouri money back to Missouri.
“We’re trying to get as thorough and comprehensive as possible so we can bring this additional funding to our state,” she said.
Wagner said she appreciate entities showing their support for the bridge and for the project itself.
If the grant funding was received, the money has to be allocated in 2014.
This is the fifth round of TIGER grants.